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Master Painters spruce up homes for charity

6 September 2017

Two lucky not-for-profits in Canterbury won a free coat of paint from the team at Switched On in August. The Salvation Army and Community Housing Trust received the good news after entering a competition on Switched On’s Facebook page. Both charities passed the prize on to families in need.

Chris Hughes, Managing Director at Switched On says that the charity work was an opportunity for the Switched On team to use their skills to give back to the community.

“Being able to actively help two families by giving their houses a much needed face-lift gave our team huge satisfaction and it was amazing to receive feedback about the difference something as simple as a lick of paint can make,” he says.

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Switched On’s Master Painters prepped and painted an old, run-down bathroom at a home nominated by the Salvation Army over two days. The result was a cleaner, healthier and brighter bathroom. 

At a home nominated by the Community Housing Trust, the owner had already been hard at work relining the walls in the hallway; the Switched on team plastered and painted to finish the job. The ceilings were also stripped and re-coated, as well as the skirting boards. The team helped to select new aluminium joinery to update the home and finally, the deck was stained, making a big difference to the outside appearance of the property.

The Community Housing Trust had this to say about Switched On’s work:

“What wonderful work your firm has done on this house. The client was so appreciative at just what your guys achieved last week. A huge thank you from our Trust. We really appreciate your fantastic generosity.” 


Switched On received a huge response to their offer of free paintwork and as a result, the company plans to volunteer annually to help charities and families across Canterbury, and will also expand the initiative to Wellington.

“This is the first time we’ve donated free paintwork and the response was heartwarming. We’ve long supported the regions we work in through donations of goods to families in need, including Christmas gifts for people living in social housing and support for families after the Kaikoura earthquake. Being able to offer our expert tradesmen for free is just another way we can give back and our team value being able to contribute in this way,” Hughes says.